Five common myths about keeping your teeth clean and healthy
Here are five of the most common myths and misconceptions about keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean.
Here are some of the most common myths we hear about dental care, and the truth behind them!
The harder your toothbrush is, the better it cleans
You might think that the harder your toothbrush is, the better it is for getting your gnashers clean, but you would be wrong. Hard toothbrushes can be tough on your gums and teeth causing damage. Instead, you should opt for a soft or medium bristle brush and brush your teeth slowly and gently for a longer period of time, to get a better result.
Flossing is unnecessary
Some people think that flossing isn’t necessary, in fact in the UK many people don’t floss at all, especially when compared with our US counterparts. Brushing is not enough and flossing is an essential step in ensuring that you remove bits that your brush can’t get to, and that you get to bits that you brush can’t reach. If you don’t floss, you are actually leaving around 33% of your mouth unclean which is quite shocking as well as a bit gross.
You don’t need mouthwash
Again, some people say that you don’t need mouthwash but really, rinsing your mouth out with a natural mouthwash helps to whiten teeth, prevent cavities, and stop the buildup of plaque. It also keeps your breath fresh and can calm down sensitive teeth and gums
Brushing your teeth hard will make your teeth cleaner
No, brushing your teeth hard will only make things worse. In fact, over-vigorous brushing can make your gums bleed and layers of enamel wear off your teeth- neither of which are good things. Instead, use a soft, medium, or hard bristle brush and use it gently over your teeth and gums. Remember, you should be brushing at a 45-degree angle to your gums and be sure to work the brush inside and outside the parts of your mouth and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Natural toothpaste doesn’t work
Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t effective, likewise just because something is full of fancy-sounding chemicals, doesn’t mean it is good for you. You might be concerned that natural toothpaste is not capable of doing the same job as its commercial counterparts, but depending on which one you choose, you might be surprised. We stock fluoride free and with fluoride varieties, so you can decide which one you prefer- with fluoride is particularly good at fighting and preventing cavities.